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Calumet to build new US gas to liquids plant

7 September 2012

US-based Calumet Specialty Products Partners will build a 1,000 bpd gas to liquids (GTL) plant in Karns City, Pennsylvania, US, as part of the company's plans to expand its speciality products facility.

"Haldor Topsoe's ATR technology reforms natural gas into synthesis gas, which is a mixture of hydrogen and carbon monoxide."

Calumet has hired Ventech Engineers to design and deliver the GTL plant, which employs an autothermal reformer (ATR) from Haldor Topsoe and Fischer-Tropsch (FT) technology from Velocys.

The entire GTL plant will be constructed in the form of truckable modules at Ventech's fabrication facility in Pasadena, US, which will then be transported to Calumet's site in Karns City for installation and interconnection with the existing refining facility.

Haldor Topsoe's ATR technology reforms natural gas into synthesis gas, which is a mixture of hydrogen and carbon monoxide.

Calumet, in its GTL plant, will route the synthesis gas through the Velocys FT process for conversion into long chain hydrocarbons.

Bill Grube, Calumet vice chairman and chief executive officer, said converting natural gas into feedstock through GTL will reduce Calumet costs, increase security of supply and improve the products.

''We are excited to be considering this project for our Karns City facility because it will help us further utilize our current specialty product assets," Grube added.

The plant design is expected to be completed by late 2012, followed by module assembling in the first half of 2013. The proposed GTL plant is expected to be on stream in the second half of 2014.

Calumet produces specialty hydrocarbon products in North America and processes crude oil and other feedstocks into lubricating oils, solvents, waxes and asphalt used in consumer, industrial and automotive products.